Free Online Genealogy Resources

With thanks to Waterford County Museum

This should be of help to members of the McGrath Clan
This website is hosted by the Archives & Records Association, Ireland in order to provide a practical and interesting online information service on archival material and archive services in Ireland.
The Irish Archives Resource (IAR) is an online database which contains searchable archival descriptions.
The purpose of the IAR Portal is to:
Allow users to locate archives and records that are relevant to their research
Increase the use of archives by directing researchers to the relevant Archives Services
Encourage the development and publication of comprehensive, standardised archive descriptions
This includes births, marriages and deaths for the entire island from 1864 (1845 for non-Catholic marriages) to 1921.
From 1922 to 1958 inclusive, it covers only the Republic of Ireland.
Irish church register records in a free to access database. So far only for some parts of counties Kerry, Cork, Dublin and Carlow.
This is a state-sanctioned version – the one used by General Register Office staff – of the Irish civil registration indexes. It’s known as the ‘enhanced’ version, because it includes maiden names of mothers from 1900 and presents post-1882 marriages with the names of both bride and groom together. However, this version makes available only the ‘historical records’ ie births up to 100 years ago, marriages up to 75 years ago, and deaths up to 50 years ago.
Contains the best sites for searching Northern Ireland Records
Irish Catholic Parish Church Registers
The household returns and ancillary records for the censuses of Ireland of 1901 and 1911, which are in the custody of the National Archives of Ireland.
The first full scale valuation of property in Ireland.
They were compiled between 1823 and 1837 in order to determine the amount which occupiers of agricultural holdings over one acre should pay in tithes to the Church of Ireland (the main Protestant church and the church established by the State until its dis-establishment in 1871).
A community based heritage project which digitally records and publishes historic graveyard surveys and stories.
Connaught and Munster Landed Estates Database.
British Newspaper Archive of Waterford and other newspapers.
Lismore Estate Records – Link to National Archives of Ireland.
Local Newspapers.
Burial Records for Waterford City (Ballinanheesha), Tramore, Ardmore, Lismore and Butlerstown. Death Registers 1864 – early 1900’s.
Thompson’s Funeral Books – Waterford City, Tramore and East Waterford.
Lismore Castle Estate Emigration Records Search
Plus the Trade Directories        Piggott, 1824
Shearman, 1839
Slater, 1846, 1956 and 1881
Harvey, 1877
Egan, 1894
Thoms, 1909-1910
Irish Military Online Collections:
Military Service Pensions Collection
Bureau of Military History (1913 – 1921)
Maps, Plans & Drawings Collection
Military Archives Image Identification Project
Irish Army Census Collection 1922
Easter 1916 An tÓglách Accounts
An tÓglách Magazine
Military Archives Image Gallery
Royal Munster Fusiliers Website         Irish Maritime Resource        Irish Merchant Seamen 1918 – 1921
The Ellis Island Passenger Database. Online database of 22 million passengers and crew members who went through Ellis Island, America’s official immigration reception centre from 1892 to 1924.
Castle Garden Passenger Arrival Records. contain the details of about 10 million people who passed through Castle Garden, America’s first official immigration reception centre. It opened in 1855 but the records (which are not complete) date from 1830 to 1892 and are transcribed, rather than digital images of original documents. The site is free to use.
Records of 100,000 unaccompanied girls/ladies who arrived in USA

Search more than 10 million records free.
All archives including Army records after 1913.
British Army WW1 Service Records, 1914-1920 (Soldiers)
Get a copy of British military record.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website.


We’d like to thank Waterford County Museum for this document and hope it will help some people in their search. The Museum have been very good friends to the McGrath Clan Gathering. Each year, they put beautiful and informative exhibitions, telling the story of our history.

The McGrath DNA project was launched in Waterford County Museum, which is located in Dungarvan.

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